— The Ivy League announced its all-conference baseball teams
as selected by the league’s coaches, and Dartmouth had eight players receive recognition, including four on the first team in outfielder Jake Carlson
, designated hitter Ennis Coble
, shortstop Joe Sclafani
and first baseman Dustin Selzer
. No other team had as many as four on the 14-man first team, while Cornell — the team that defeated the Big Green in the Ivy Championship Series — led the league with 11 players earning all-league honors.
Columbia junior outfielder Dario Pizzano was named the Ivy League Player of the Year after hitting .360 on the season with 16 doubles, four homers and 36 RBIs, plus ranked second in the conference with a .409 average in league play. Princeton junior right-hander Zak Hermans was tabbed as the Pitcher of the Year with a 6-2 record and a 3.00 ERA while ranking second in the league with 60 strikeouts. The Rookie of the Year went to Cornell freshman reliever Kellen Urbon who led the loop with nine saves while posting a 0.52 ERA over 34.1 innings.
The lone Big Green player to make the second team was reliever Thomas Olson
, while starting pitchers Adam Frank
and Mitch Horacek
, along with outfielder Jeff Keller
, earned honorable mention.
A senior from The Woodlands, Texas, Carlson hit .397 to lead the Ivy League by 35 points and ranked among the league’s top 10 in five other offensive statistical categories. His 17 multi-hit games were the most for any Big Green player, and he was one of three on the team to post a hitting streak of at least 10 games during the season. The center fielder also was flawless on defense for the second straight year, catching more fly balls (113) than any other player in the conference. On April 4, Carlson became the first known Dartmouth player to hit for the cycle, beginning a torrid stretch for the remaining 25 games of the season during which he hit .476 (40-for-84). In Ivy games, he tied for second with 20 runs scored and ranked seventh with a .371 average. This is Carlson’s second All-Ivy honor having been chosen for the second team as a sophomore.
Coble, a junior from Atlanta, Ga., also received his second career All-Ivy honor after making the second team a year ago as a utility player. He was one of three unanimous first-team selections this year after hitting .311 and reaching base at a .419 clip, the ninth-best on-base percentage in the league. Twice the lefty swinger posted four hits in a game, and he had at least two safeties in a dozen games. He was hit by a pitch 10 times — the fourth most for an Ivy player — scored 24 runs and drove in 16.
One of the most prolific players in Ivy League history, Sclafani became one of the 22 players in Ivy League history to earn a spot on the first team three times, plus was a second-team member as a sophomore. The senior from Palm City, Fla., hit .288 while leading the team with 13 doubles, three triples, 32 runs scored and 27 walks, plus added two homers and 24 RBIs from the leadoff slot in the lineup. In the field, he led the league’s shortstops with a .955 fielding percentage and helped turn 22 of the team’s 28 double plays. Against the league, Sclafani was even better with a .333 average, .457 on-base percentage and a .573 slugging percentage, as well as six doubles, a league-best three triples, two home runs, 20 runs and 15 RBIs.
Sclafani finishes his career with his name littered among the all-time leaders not only at Dartmouth, but in the Ivy League as well. He recorded 220 hits (2nd at Dartmouth, 5th for Ivy), 19 triples (1st, 1st), 163 runs scored (2nd, 3rd), 100 walks (1st, 5th), 331 total bases (3rd, tied for 5th), 172 games played (1st, 11th) and 675 at-bats (1st, 2nd). One of 30 players across the nation chosen as a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award candidate, he recently was named to the watch list for the 2012 Brooks Wallace Award, given to the top shortstop in the country.
Selzer, a sophomore from Houston, Texas, led the Ivy League with 41 RBIs while hitting .324 with 11 doubles and five homers to earn his first All-Ivy honor. His biggest game of the year came during an 11-3 victory over Columbia in which he belted two homers and drove in seven runs, but he also had a 4-for-6 game with two doubles, a four-bagger and five RBIs at Hartford. Over the final 24 games, the right-handed slugger hit at a .384 clip with 33 RBIs. Selzer had the longest hitting streak of the season for the Big Green at 13 games, and reached base safely in 22 consecutive contests. In league play, his 23 RBIs paced the conference, and he ranked among the top five in on-base percentage (.464, 3rd), slugging (.582, t-4th), home runs (4, t-1st) and walks (12, t-4th).
Olson, a freshman from Manhattan, Kan., earned his spot on the second team by posting a 1.69 ERA over 37.1 innings, saving six games while striking out 22 batters and walking just four. He held opposing hitters to a .194 average and recorded 21 consecutive scoreless innings during the season as well.
The trio of honorable mention honorees all had strong seasons. Frank, a rookie left-hander, went 4-1 with a 4.47 ERA overall, and was even better against Ivy competition with a 3-0 record and a 3.62 ERA. Another left-hander, the sophomore Horacek from Highlands Ranch, Colo., anchored the pitching staff during the Ivy season, registering a 3-1 record with a 3.55 ERA while striking out 28 batters in 33.0 innings. For the entire year, he went 4-3 with a 5.47 ERA and a team-best 47 strikeouts in 54.1 innings. Keller, a sophomore from Atherton, Calif., overcame an early-season injury to hit .352 with eight doubles, five homers and 26 RBIs.